Mudguard Fittings

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by 008, 8 Nov 2007.

  1. 008

    008 New Member

    NW London
    Hi Fellow Cyclists

    I recently bought a Sirrus Elite and want to fit some mudguards. Was thinking about full length mudguards using the mounting points on the bike rather than something like raceblades which attach to the fork/seat stay.

    Just wondering whether a set of mudguards will come with all the correct screws/bolts/nuts etc? i.e. are the mounting points on all bikes a universal size? Or will I have to hunt around for the correct sized screws/bolts/nuts etc?

    Hope this makes sense!

  2. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran


    the LBS mechanic told me that with a long suffering look when I went for a bolt that was 'the next size down'

    you might have to use a longer bolt on one side if you have disc brakes
  3. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Although occasionally you might need slightly longer bolts or some spacers - my SKS guards' bolts were too short at the front (slightly, because of the quick release fittings being quite wide) and a bit too long at the back (because the eyelets on the frame were fairly thin).
  4. When I fitted guards to my commuter I needed some slightly longer bolt and spacers but the lbs sorted me out.
  5. longers

    longers Veteran

    Hello 008, I got a a pair of full length mudguards for the very same bike last year. The mudguards (Tortec) should have had all the bolts but were missing the one that goes through the fork crown. I couldn't be bothered with going back into town for a single bolt and just fettled it with something I found somewhere else. This is not a slur on Tortec, just how it was. Everything else went on ok.
  6. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Hence, when you have cycled as long as I have, save those serviceable bits and pieces, cos you never know..........

    I kept some old freehub spacers - 1mm or so from years ago - never threw them away... got some new Aksiums (wheels) that unfortunately had lost the spacer for fitting an 8 speed setup - into the box of bits, and vola.......

    Stripped an old Dura Ace hub recently to replace the cones and bearings in my commuter's Deore LX hubs...fixed..... !
  7. longers

    longers Veteran

    Very sound advice. You normally find a use for them just after you get rid of them.
  8. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    They should fit in theory. However my experience is that mudguards are designed to be fitted by people with an advanced degree in mechanical engineering.

    If you haven't got one, wait until you are feeling very calm, set aside several hours, stop for regular tea breaks, and be prepared to employ your anglo-saxon vocabulary to its fullest.

    Good luck:biggrin:
  9. Maggot

    Maggot Guest

    I would have totally agreed with Dannyg, until this evening. I have fitted a new front brake lever and a pair of SKS "Commuter" mudguards to my new fixie in 30 mins!!!!!!! They were simple, straightforward and all there:thumbsup:

    Last year I took nearly an hour to get ONE raceblade on straight and not rubbing anywhere on my racer, bastard fucking thing it was, the work of Satan and no mistake:angry: I didn't bother with the back:sad:
  10. OP

    008 New Member

    NW London
    Thanks for the replies... so basically, a set of new mudguards may not come with the correct sized bolts for my bike. I think I'll make sure with the bike shop that I have all the correct bolts before buying and leaving the shop. I'm not very patient and would hate to have to return to the shop for 1 little bolt!!:biggrin:

    No wonder Evans Cycles want £12 per mudguard to fit them!:biggrin: The only reason I'm thinking of using Evans is that I've got some gift vouchers.

    I went to my lbs last year to get some mudguards for my mtb, cheapy £10 Zefal ones, and they fitted them for free. When the bracket broke, they also replaced it for free. Hmmm... may just go back to lbs and get them from there, with my hard earned cash.

  11. shaun75

    shaun75 Well-Known Member

    I bought some SKS full guards from Wiggle last winter and complained when i couldnt find the pack of bolts in the huge Wiggle box. A few emails later and Wiggle had confirmed that they dont come with fixings. The bolts i ended up using were, i think, called 'M5' size.
  12. I fitted SKS guards to my wife's base-model Sirrus last year.

    The instructions were missing.
    There was a pack of bolts and fittings but the one to fit through the fork crown wasn't there so I had a rummage in the odds-and-sods bolts-washers-and-screws box to find one that fitted
    And some of the brackets weren't quite the right shape so I ended-up bending them with pliers/molegrips/etc.

    I had thought it would take perhaps an hour but it took all morning, although I could perhaps have done it a little bit quicker if I were less of a perfectionist.

    So, perfectly do-able, but you need a bit of mechanical aptitude
  13. OP

    008 New Member

    NW London
    SORTED!! :tongue:

    Went and bought some SKS full length mudguards from Evans at the weekend and they assured me the pack would contain the right bolts... and sure enough they did. That was probably the best bit of advice they've ever given me.

    After a bit of effing and blinding, got it done in about 2 hours!!:blush: No thanks to the crappy instructions... or maybe it was just me!

    Glad I did it myself... it wasn't rocket science, just a bit fiddly and a lot of patience needed... it also helps that all the bits and pieces were present and correct. That's another job I can tick off as being able to do!
  14. Paulus

    Paulus Started young, and still going.

    Well done 008. Next time you won't need any instructions and the job will be done in a fraction of the time. Experience is everything.
  15. I just got some winter road tyres for my Felt and found they would not fit with the poxy mud guards on so had to take the guards off.
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